Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on COVID-19
    This is not a situation where logic or common sense applies. Picture a culture that has spent over 300 years establishing it's "victim" narrative, even to the point where when they unambiguously held all the levers of power and oppressed...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm well aware of this. The implications of this in Northern Ireland, where this policy intersects with the height of certain "cultural celebrations" which have typically taken a very dim view of being cancelled or restricted, become complex and difficult...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Whole different kettle of miscellaneous swimming things! And that's before we even start to think about what will happen if the crisis extends into the summer months with further bans on public gatherings and events....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    So far the reaction has been muted, and mostly of the variety: "Ah well. That seems reasonable." St Patrick's Day in Ireland as a bit different to the big NorAm events, and even more so in Northern Ireland. The big...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Two school closures and first large office closure here in NI. All St Patrick’s Day celebrations across Ireland (North & South) “postponed”....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Absolutely. In most cases it is of course a case of “being seen to do something”, rather than actually doing something effective. In most cases the “secure pods” provided for out of hours storage could be opened in about 3...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Dirk is trolling, don’t feed him. Along with sneering superciliously at all the “fuddy-duddy” commenters, it seems to be the only reason he pops up these days....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I will add (as other posters have commented) there are valid security reasons for having a clear desk policy, or at the very least ensuring that all paperwork and notes are cleared, but the objectionable part in my anecdote is...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    You’re thinking wrong about the clear desk policy: 1) Ensure that membership of “good practice groups” feeds into employee’s regular performance reviews. 2) Create a “Good Security Practice” group. 3) Fold the “clear desk policy” into the company security standards...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Not wanting to divert the thread, but apropos of the comments up thread I have to express my utter visceral bone-deep hatred of open-plan offices, exacerbated by the fact that the senior management who blabber on about how it increases...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I live here and there’s plenty of areas I’d avoid wandering around on my own! Hope you got one of the tours with a real live guide, and not the bland pre-recorded one....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Spend a day in productive work and miss out on the wholesale denigration and slagging of the north-west corner of your homeland! Ho hum. Seriously though, Derry (please don't bother with the "Stroke City" Derry/Londonderry stuff, it only matters to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The wholesale vandalism of the rail network in NI was truly despicable, and to this day, public transport west of the River Bann is atrocious — some bus service, no rail links (except the line to Derry; which I do...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    And even if Brexit wasn't happening, and the money was there, and the engineering problems were solved, there are still the NI politics to be resolved that ensured no motorway link between Dublin and Belfast for 50 years, and no...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    We also have an all-singing all-dancing chorus line of rainbow unicorns on crack. The leprechaun-staffed construction crews are also standing by......
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Preaching to the choir, Charlie. Preaching to the choir. I'm less depressed by Johnson's obvious misdirection and smoke-and-mirrors vanity projects, than by the expected reaction from certain elements of the NI political landscape (who will be unable to help themselves...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    In today's today's "Is it satire or is it real" news: Real possibility of Sinn Fein being part of RoI government; and Number 10 spokesperson announces that Johnson has commissioned a serious study of a Scotland-Ireland bridge. I've had enough...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Thanks Greg! That is indeed the right link. Not sure how I banjaxed it. [[ 'smart' quotes I'm afraid - mod ]]...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Very off topic, but since we’re way into the 700’s I think there might be a few folks who find this interesting. Does anyone remember the occasional commenter David C Shipley, a proponent of Brexit and self-confessed producer of the...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "Bake Off" is a bit of an outlier. Strictly speaking it falls within the "incompetence porn" category, but seems to have taken pains to remove the hyper-competitive and confrontational aspects. I suspect it is highly successful by tapping into the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Glad you got the point I was making and didn't take it badly!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg may be pig-headed, occasionally arrogant, and prone to rant about things that he is passionate about, but he has never (to my knowledge) tried to bully someone from this forum simply for disagreeing with him, nor issued death threats...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I have no idea whether your are right or wrong in what you are saying about home buying trends in the US, I'm just trying to offer some friendly advice about how to persuade others that you are right. Chances...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I personally know a variety of members of that upcoming generation that make a LOT more than me at similar points in my career Two quick points (just observations, not attempting to start an argument): 1) You're using gratuitous anecdata....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Although the documentary will be available via the iPlayer service after broadcast. And in other pterry memorial type news, it appears that the BBC have made available Neil Gaiman's wonderful tribute, in which he reads his introduction to "A Slip...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Sadly, the documentary ("Terry Pratchett - Back in Black") is not being broadcast on BBC 2 NI, for reasons which are utterly opaque. Instead we out here in the Colonies are to be treated to a "parody" 1970's documentary of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    There are precious few TV shows or films that cleave hard to the genre definition of "science fiction" as most readers would define it (even with the loosest of definitions). Almost all will sacrifice the science, internal consistency and continuity,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I'm reminded of the pterry anecdote: Interviwer: Why do you have six screens? Terry: Because I can't find a rig that holds eight....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In that case, please accept my apologies for misreading your statements at the time and assuming that you'd gone full-Farage. Enjoy your flounce!...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Dirk can be safely ignored. He has flounced off the comments at least twice claiming that he will never be back, then returns for a quick drive-by troll every six months or so. His last flounce was some time prior...
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